Brenda J. Whitney
1945 - 2020
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Brenda J. Whitney was born July 17, 1945 and was raised in Sunbury, Ohio. She graduated from Big Walnut High School and completed a Registered Nursing degree at the Miami Valley School of Nursing in Dayton in the late 1960s.

She worked as a Registered Nurse in the Dayton area, and also earned a degree in social work from Wright State University. After graduation, she launched a new career in 1971 as Executive Director of Resident Home Association of Dayton.

With one home to manage, she worked tirelessly over the next several decades to build the association to 12 homes serving up to 80 disabled adults. She engaged such notables as Johnny Bench and Tom Hume to aid in fundraising.

Throughout her career, she was an innovative leader and advocate on the local, regional, and state levels for residential and other services for people with disabilities. Along with these efforts, she established and maintained relationships with the County Board and Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.

She served as President of what is now known as the Ohio Provider Resource Association in the 1980s and 1990s. She was recognized statewide in 1993 with the Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2000 Mary O'Leary Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding service for her long and dedicated service to the Resident Home Association. Brenda retired from her duties in 2009.

During her lifetime, she was an active member of the League of Women Voters of Greater Dayton. She enjoyed a long and memorable career helping others and loved her career.

She is survived by her soul mate and partner, William Boots Vaughn of Dayton, two brothers: David Whitney of Lakeland, FL, and Jack Whitney of Lexington, KY, along with 8 nieces and nephews.

Her ashes will be interned at a later date in Sunbury Memorial Garden Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to Resident Home Association of Dayton, 3661 Salem Avenue, Dayton, OH 45406.



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Published in The Delaware Gazette from Sep. 24 to Sep. 25, 2020.
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October 9, 2020
We had been friends for over 50 years. Altho we have lived apart, i always considered her a my oldest(in years not in age) and very closest friend. I will miss her so much!
Doreen Rosen
Friend
September 30, 2020
Brenda was a good friend to my and my future husband while I was a student at Miami Valley 1967-70. So sorry for you loss.
Lynn M Venafro
Classmate
September 29, 2020
Brenda was an icon in the provision of high quality services to individuals with disabilities and their families. She worked relentlessly for hours on end doing the work. She made a difference in my life too. She gave me the opportunity to interact and work with some very beautiful people that taught me a lot and changed my life. Thanks for all you have done for so many of us! Love and prayers to your friends and family!
Debbie Pack
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September 29, 2020
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September 29, 2020
There are not enough words to say about the void that now exists where Brenda once stood, strong and fierce, a pioneer in the disabilities rights movement, an advocate's advocate and the best storyteller there ever was. A part of our history is lost now and it is our charge to carry that history forward to honor her and those she so passionately served. Never has been and never will be another one like Brenda. A life truly well-lived in the service of others. Filled with gratitude that we still call her friend. We will be with you, Boots, just like we promised her we would. Judy/Paul Leasure
Judy Leasure
Friend
September 27, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
dennis bell
September 27, 2020
Brenda was a wonderful woman and good friend. She was devoted to the service of others and her community. She spent countless hours with a variety of endeavors, all committed to helping those in need.
Josie Olsvig
Friend
September 25, 2020
Love you Aunt Brenda......
Crystal Gordon
Family
September 25, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Crystal J Gordon
Family
September 25, 2020
A great friend,always a smile
Eddie Brookshire
Friend
September 24, 2020
Brenda was a finest friend and sister. ❤❤❤
Dino Zonic
Friend
September 24, 2020
Fun loving great person, and kind to everyone. Great friend!
Carol Hutchinson
Classmate
September 24, 2020
Brenda was a close friend throughout high school. I will miss her.
Dianna Jaynes
Friend
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